How stock car racing's governing body became what it is today
Feb. 15, 1948
Two months after that meeting, the first sanctioned NASCAR race was held on Daytona's beach course, a location France was familiar with, helping promote races there and even racing himself. That first race was won by Red Byron in his Ford Modified.
Sept. 4, 1950
Darlington International Raceway becomes the first asphalt super speedway to host a NASCAR event. The 500-mile Classic had 74 entrants, but was won by Johnny Mantz in his 1950 Plymouth.
Feb. 22, 1959
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 in front of 41,000 fans.
Dec. 1, 1963
Wendell Scott is the first African-American to win a premier division NASCAR race at Jacksonville Speedway. Darrell Wallace Jr. would become the second African-American to win a NASCAR national series event when he won a Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 26. 2013.
Nov. 18, 1979
Richard Petty wins his record seventh series championship, a mark that would be matched in 1994 by Dale Earnhardt.
NASCAR's expansion begins to take place more rapidly, a trend that started as the sport opened its first New England track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which saw its first event take place that year. Indianapolis would also join the schedule in 1994.
Feb. 5, 1995
Mike Skinner wins the Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic, the first race of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In 2009, 14 years after the event at Phoenix International Raceway, the series would gain a new sponsor, becoming the Camping World Truck Series.
A year after expanding NASCAR's tour by 10 tracks, Las Vegas joined the Cup Series circuit. The Nationwide Series also saw an addition, heading to Pike's Peak in Colorado, while the Truck Series added races in Colorado, St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn.
Nov. 17, 2002
Tony Stewart's championship season was the beginning of a youth movement in NASCAR. A new generation of drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr., gain more popularity.
Brian France is named as NASCAR's Chairman and CEO, replacing his father, Bill France Jr.
The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup was announced, giving the sport a post-season comparable to a playoff. The first Chase was won by Kurt Busch.
Nov. 16, 2008
Jimmie Johnson makes history by winning his third consecutive Sprint Cup championship, tying Cale Yarborough's record set between 1976-78. The next year, he would break that record by winning his fourth consecutive championship. He would also be named Male Athlete of the year by the Associated Press.
October 14, 2009
The inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame is announced in Charlotte, N.C. Members of that first class included Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson.
The Generation-6 car is unveiled, bringing NASCAR racing back to its roots of stock cars. The new Gen-6 cars more closely resembled vehicles sold on showroom floors across the country, while becoming even safer and more exciting on the track.
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